61st edition of ‘Shri Ram’ to mark festive season


New Delhi, Sep 18: An annual dance-drama, now in its 61st edition, depicting the life of Hindu god Ram is once again set to be performed in the Capital around the fast approaching Dushhehra and Diwali festive season.

Titled “Shri Ram,” the grand spectacle is presented by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra here. The shows will run daily from September 21 to October 17.

The two-hour-long production, directed by Shobha Deepak Singh, Vice Chairperson of SBKK, is now in its 61st edition and has gone from strength to strength in the last six decades. Presenting an amalgamation of core values that reflect the emotions of devotion, loyalty, endearing family relationships and respect to elders, the life of Ram is a medley of allegories which provide the foundation of a metaphysical way of life.

“It is the Kendra’s attempt to excavate the layers and realise the inner meaning and message of Ram. This year, we have added many new elements to the production to keep it fresh like every year. All new costumes, handmade jewellery, more elaborate sets and brand new choreography, all will bring together yet another memorable experience for the viewer,” Singh informed IANS.

A number of new episodes and elaborated scenes have been added in this year’s edition.

“What’s also new this year that we are making elaborate accessories like belts and headgear (mukut) out of jute mats, the way it was done in the initial years of the Ramlila at the Kendra. We wanted to go eco-friendly,” added Singh.


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